The Twilight Of The Idols And The Anti-christ: Or How To Philosophize With A Hammer

Paperback | February 15, 1990

byFriedrich NietzscheTranslated byR. J. HollingdaleEditorMichael Tanner

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'One must be superior to mankind in force, in loftiness of soul—in contempt’

In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhaur. Twilight of the Idols is a ‘grand declaration of war’ on reason, psychology and theology that combines highly charged personal attacks on his contemporaries with a lightning tour of his own philosophy. It also paves the way for The Anti-Christ, Nietzche’s final assault on institutional Christianity, in which he identifies himself with the ‘Dionysian’ artist and confronts Christ; the only opponent he feels worthy of him.

In his introduction Michael Tanner discussed the themes of Nietzche’s argument and places the works in their historical and philosophical context.

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Friedrich Nietzsche wrote these two short but disturbing books during 1888, his last sane year. Though unfairly assaulting individuals, they accurately outline contemporary culture. While recognizing human mean-spiritedness and self-deception, they do not destroy Nietzsche’s fundamental optimism. Twilight of the Idols wages war on ...

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'One must be superior to mankind in force, in loftiness of soul—in contempt’In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhaur. Twilight of the Idols is a ‘grand declaration of war’ on reason, psychology ...

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’One must be superior to mankind in force, in loftiness of soul—in contempt’In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhaur. Twilight of the Idols is a ‘grand declaration of war’ on reason, psychology ...

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.76 × 5.04 × 0.53 inPublished:February 15, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Europ's prophet at his best (and worst). "Life is at an end where the ‘kingdom of God’ begins, writes Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols, and with this single line he not only brilliantly sums up both books in this Penguin collection (Twilight and The Antichrist), but also underscores, as he does repeatedly in his writings, his passion for pithy over pity, instinctual over ideal, and terrestrial vs. eternal. I love reading Nietzsche and I keep coming back to his books. He is the only writer who makes me want to learn German for the sole purpose of reading him in the original; his aphorisms, even in translation, are as profound as they are exhilarating. But these do come with a price tag, and one should be cautious not to gloss over Nietzsche’s fiercely anti-democratic and occasionally proto-fascist (not anti-Semitic!) tendencies. I state that because having the hindsight of Europe's catastrophic tryst with fascism it may be difficult for some today to distinguish whether it was a brilliant 19th century German or a murderous 20th century Austrian who wrote that "an invalid is a parasite on society" and that physicians should be guided by the "moral code" that demands "the most ruthless suppression and sequestration of degenerating life...[and] determining the right to reproduce, the right to be born, the right to live...". So here is my advice. Go ahead and drink up, just make sure that you don’t quaff the entire bottle and wake up in a dumpster with a giant headache not knowing how you got there.
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Table of Contents

Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ Introduction
Translator's Note
Twilight of the Idols, or How to Philosophize with a Hammer
Foreword
Maxims and Arrows
The Problems of Socrates
"Reason" in Philosophy
How the "Real World" at last Became a Myth
Morality as Anti-Nature
The Four Great Errors
The "Improvers" of Mankind
What the Germans Lack
Expeditions of an Untimely Man
What I Owe to the Ancients
The Hammer Speaks
The Anti-Christ
Foreword
The Anti-Christ
Glossary of Names

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Friedrich Nietzsche wrote these two short but disturbing books during 1888, his last sane year. Though unfairly assaulting individuals, they accurately outline contemporary culture. While recognizing human mean-spiritedness and self-deception, they do not destroy Nietzsche’s fundamental optimism. Twilight of the Idols wages war on his age’s common ideas, breathlessly cutting across his entire philosophy, paving the way for Nietzsche’s next work, The Anti-Christ, an attack on institutional Christianity. Nietzsche argues convincingly for the Dionysian artist, praising two of his heroes, Goethe and Cesare Borgia, yet he also offers a poignant, rapturous description of his only commendable adversary: Jesus Christ.